Pakistan needs to lobby its case

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An outgoing French diplomat, who served in Islamabad for many years, very alarmingly explained Pakistan’s state of external affairs. But first a little history. He explained how Pakistan had a cordial relationship with France which had been the first non-Muslim state to recognize Pakistan. During the Cold War, France considered Pakistan a “state deserving attention” […]

Torrents of destruction

Existing large earth-filled dams, such as Tarbela, are severely affected by silting (1)

Muhammad Arfan Choudhary reminds us of the urgent need to invest in better water management on the Indus basin, notwithstanding bitter political disputes. After a series of articles by Chairman WAPDA Zafar Mahmood on the Kalabagh Dam issue, a debate was initiated among various circles in society. PPP’s MNA Nafeesa Shah tried to assail the […]

Pakistani doctors without borders

Ghazala and Khizr Khan, the keynote speaker at the 39th APPNA convention (Aug 3-7, 2016)  in Washington, present Dr Zeenat Anwar, an obstetrician and gynaecologist from Michigan, a lifetime achievement award. Credit: Facebook

“Many doctors go there to show off their luxury cars, their gold watches, and their wives accompany them to show off their designer clothes and jewelry. And, yes, it’s a big match-making place as well, where lots of ‘aunties’, interested in your profile, offer to help you find a suitable girl.” This was the response […]

Mind the gap

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Revisiting Pakistan’s Scorecard in the Global Gender Gap Report

Bigotry against Afghan refugees is unjustified

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Pakistan often suffers from the inability of the political elite to rationally process complex national problems, and rely on rhetoric and misleading/emotive public sentiment to drive a particular agenda. Recently, this has been particularly true of the Afghan refugee/migrant issue, which has existed in one form or another for nearly four decades. At present, following […]

Questions: Living in the age of Naya Pakistan

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Imran Khan does not need to win the national elections in 2018 to launch Naya Pakistan; we are already living in it. The old Pakistan where there was some space for art, culture, poetry and music has been on a death-bed for too long. In old Pakistan, there used to bemushairas, some display of civility […]

Finding Peace in Istanbul

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The global cancer that is terrorism hit Istanbul airport – days ago – scores of people killed and hundreds injured in the month of Ramadan – an Islamic month of mercy and compassion towards others, especially the wayfarers and travellers. Since the beginning of the 21st century there has been a nine fold increase in […]

Life after Edhi

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Not even the horrid APS attacks could unite Pakistan in grief, as has the death of its silent sentinel, the selflessly sacrificing, ever-vigilant Abdul Sattar Edhi. While our politicians build motorways, stage sit-ins, and conduct silly stunts to garner public support, Edhi went about his work quietly, gracefully, never looking for recognition, or fame, or […]

End of the Past: An Immediate eyewitness history of a troubled nation

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Nadeem Farooq Paracha’s evolution from an angry, young Marxist to a versatile, seasoned journalist is evident in his work. Love or hate him he retains a strong relationship with the reader as he continues to evolve as a journalist by slowly emerging as the Pakistani Pied Piper of history having cemented his role as the […]

Finding Peace in Istanbul

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The global cancer that is terrorism has hit Istanbul airport this time – days ago – scores of people killed and hundreds injured in the month of Ramadan – an Islamic month of mercy and compassion towards others, especially the wayfarers and travellers. Since the beginning of the 21st century there has been a nine […]

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